For companies submitting products for reviews, the gold standard is to get two rankings of five stars—one from Graphite’s staff of internal educator/reviewers, and the other from teachers who are using the tools in their classrooms and evaluating them.
Many states have made their tests more challenging, a toughening of expectations that coincides with the passage of the common-core standards, and tests aligned to them.
“Personalization” has become the norm in districts trying to customize digital tools, instruction, and schedules to meet individual students’ needs. But K-12 leaders are also demanding customization in another area: professional development.
If you’re looking to sell common-core-related products and services, don’t rule out districts in states that rejected the Common Core State Standards.
Two district curriculum specialists talk about how they judge products for common-core alignment, and the steps companies should take to better address their schools’ needs.
Districts’ purchases of new educational technology may start with lofty visions, but the deals end up firmly planted back down on the ground, where concrete concerns take precedence during post-purchase product evaluations and contract renewals.